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Government proceeds with expropriation for Pinhal Interior road section

13 March 2011 No Comment

According to an order published in the Official Journal of the Portuguese Republic, the government has requested compulsory purchase in the public interest, as a matter of urgency, for the construction of the road section IC3 Tomar – Avelar Sul, a part of the Pinhal Interior road concession. This 520 km-long concession represents an overall investment of 1244 million euros. The main axes are IC3, linking Tomar to Coimbra, and IC8, between Pombal (A17/A1 motorways) and Vila Velha de Ródão (A23). (…) The government also empowers Ascendi, a concessionaire that stems from a partnership between Mota-Engil and Grupo Espírito Santo, “as a sub-concessionaire of the Pinhal Interior sub-concession, to take the administrative ownership” of the parcels to expropriate, “in order to promptly start working, since it is a public interest that the compulsory purchase is urgent and that the project is carried out as soon as possible”. The order also refers that charges will be ensured by Ascendi Pinhal Interior. In early 2010, the Pinhal Interior road concession has been awarded to Ascendi Pinhal Interior by means of an open tender procedure. Ascendi Pinhal Interior will be responsible for the design, project, financing, exploitation and maintenance of the concession for 30 years.

Source: Oje, February 09, 2011